Student Is Arrested in Connection With Threat That Shut Down U. of Chicago

A college student has been taken into police custody in connection with a threat of gun violence at the University of Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reports that a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago was arrested after being linked to an online threat to kill 16 white students or staff members in retaliation for the police shooting of a Chicago teenager.

The University of Chicago canceled classes on Monday after the FBI passed along the threat, which described a detailed plan to “do m…


College President: ‘This Is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!’

As calls for safe spaces on campuses continue to crop up in discussions at colleges and universities, one president says he doesn’t want his students to think of themselves as victims.

Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, recently wrote a blog post on the university’s website entitled “This Is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!” In the post, he wrote that Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place” but “a place to learn.”

Mr. Piper’s remarks were spurred, according to the post…


Underemployment Among College Graduates Drops, Report Says

Report: “Sharp Declines in Underemployment for College Graduates”

Organization: Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce

Summary: The percentage of college graduates who are underemployed has fallen from its recession-era peak of 10.2 percent to 6.2 percent today, a new study has found. By comparison, the rate for high-school graduates is 13 percent.

A report on the study breaks down underemployment by race, noting that disparities between different races’ underemployment ra…


On Some Campuses, Protests Continue Over Thanksgiving Weekend

College students across the country left their campuses for the Thanksgiving break, but on at least three campuses, longstanding protests over racism continued. Here’s a look at developments on those campuses.

Brandeis University

A group of student protesters stayed at Brandeis University over Thanksgiving, occupying an administrative building on the Massachusetts campus. So far, they have been in the building for 10 days.

The students want administrators to increase support for students of colo…


U. of Chicago Cancels Monday Classes After Threat of Gun Violence

The University of Chicago canceled classes and all other activities on its main campus on Monday after being informed by the FBI that an unknown individual had posted an online threat of gun violence against the institution.

In a statement posted on its website on Sunday, the university’s president, Robert J. Zimmer, said the threat had specifically mentioned “the campus quad” at 10 a.m. on Monday. “Based on the FBI’s assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses…


Rutgers Fires Football Coach and Athletics Director

Rutgers University has fired its athletics director and head football coach, the institution’s president announced in a statement released on Sunday afternoon, confirming reports published earlier in the day by NJ Advance Media and other news sites.

In his statement, the president, Robert L. Barchi, said he had met with the athletics director, Julie Hermann, and the coach, Kyle J. Flood, on Sunday and had informed them that he “was exercising the university’s right to terminate their contracts w…


University Police Officer Is Among Those Killed in Planned Parenthood Shooting

A campus police officer was among those killed in a shooting on Friday at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs. The New York Times reports Garrett Swasey, a member of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police force, was one of the three people killed in an hours-long standoff between a gunman and police officers at the center.

The Times reports Mr. Swasey had been a member of the campus police force for six years. He had two young children and was active in his church, acc…


Temple U. Adjuncts Vote to Unionize

Temple University’s adjunct faculty members have voted overwhelmingly to become part of a union local affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers.

The vote was 609 to 266, according to Kate Childs Graham, an AFT spokeswoman. As a result, more than 1,400 part-time faculty members at Temple will join the university’s AFT affiliate, the Temple Association of University Professionals, roughly doubling the union local’s size.


On Recruiter Pay, For-Profit Colleges Win One, Lose One

The Education Department is backing down from its ban on bonuses for recruiters based on graduation rates, but standing by a prohibition on commissions tied to minority enrollments, a year after a federal judge ordered the agency to justify portions of its controversial “incentive compensation” rule.

In a notice set to be published in the Federal Register on Friday, the department writes that it has “reconsidered its interpretation” on graduation-based bonuses, and will no longer “proscribe comp…


Owner of Florida For-Profit Chain Is Convicted of Theft and Conspiracy

The owner of a Miami-based chain of for-profit colleges called FastTrain was convicted by a federal jury on Tuesday of 12 counts of theft of government money and one count of conspiracy, the office of the U.S. attorney for Southern Florida announced. An admissions representative of the company, which closed its seven campuses in 2012, was also convicted of conspiracy to steal government money.

The company and its owner, Alejandro Amor, were accused of fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars b…